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Sign Petition Urging Obama to Designate a New Advisor on Climate Change The next signal to solidify action on climate change by the administration is for the president to fill an office that has been vacant for more than two years.It's time for a new cl


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JL A (281)
Friday July 5, 2013, 3:18 pm
Did President Barack Obama’s once-stalled climate agenda get the kick-start it needed last week?

We’ve been monitoring the signs; in his second inaugural speech and then his State of the Union address, the president expressed the urgency of the climate crisis and vowed to act.

Last Tuesday, to mixed reviews, President Obama outlined his plan for tackling climate change.

The next way President Obama should show he is serious about solidifying action on climate change is to fill an office that has been vacant for more than two years. It’s time for a new climate czar.

Tell President Obama to appoint a climate czar to coordinate our nation’s response to the climate crisis.

After his victory in 2008, President Obama came out of the gates quick and determined to meet his campaign promise to aggressively address the climate crisis.

He lined up an A-list energy team and established the first senior-level position focused solely on coordinating the administration’s response to the looming crisis.

Shortly after assembling his energy team, the White House abandoned its climate agenda, leaving Obama’s senior climate advisor and her staff with little to do.

Whether the president’s current proposal is aggressive enough and moves fast enough to match the climate crisis is unclear, but even modest actions will be met with strong pushback by the dirty energy industry and the politicians who do its bidding.

Making progress on President Obama’s plan to cut carbon and spur clean-energy deployment requires a dedicated senior-level staff.

Sign the petition urging the White House to appoint a new leader on climate change.

The president’s climate action plan offers some positive steps toward tackling climate change, but he is going to have to abandon his all-of-the-above energy strategy, set a national cap on carbon pollution and mandate a rapid transition to safe, clean energy sources to not, in his own words, “condemn our generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”

He’s not going to be able to do it alone. He needs a strong Cabinet leader who understands the urgency and magnitude of the crisis and is given the support necessary to marshal an adequate response.

Thanks for all you do.


Allison Fisher
Public Citizen’s Climate and Energy Program

Autumn S (151)
Friday July 5, 2013, 3:51 pm
signed and noted, thanks JL

Terry V (30)
Friday July 5, 2013, 3:52 pm

"The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind." ~ Gaylord Nelson


JL A (281)
Friday July 5, 2013, 4:05 pm
You are welcome Autumn and Terry!
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Mary T (356)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:33 pm
Signed & noted - thank you JL

JL A (281)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:40 pm
You are welcome Mary.
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Barbara K (61)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:49 pm
S & N, thanks, my friend. What a great idea, hope the President does it.

Nicole W (646)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:50 pm
#5846 and shared, thank you JL

Sue H (7)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:55 pm
Noted and signed, thanks.

Alan Lambert (91)
Friday July 5, 2013, 6:18 pm
Signed and Noted (of course), great find JL

JL A (281)
Friday July 5, 2013, 6:32 pm
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Aud nordby (736)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:49 am
signed & noted

Karen Baker (71)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 5:57 am

Suzanne H (81)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 7:01 am
I rest assured our President and father of our nation always does the right thing for the American and the global community.

JL A (281)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 7:25 am
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Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 11:12 am
Signed, -who held that office before, can't remember?

JL A (281)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 11:19 am
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Carol Browner
A pale-skinned woman in her fifties with straight, light brown hair parted near the middle and falling to above the shoulders, wearing a light beige suit jacket, listening with a serious expression to an unseen question as she stands behind a brown podium with a blue and white sign saying "Office of the President Elect" and two black microphones, against a blue drapes background.
Director of the Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy
In office
January 22, 2009 – March 2011
President Barack Obama
Deputy Heather Zichal
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
8th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
In office
January 23, 1993 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by William Reilly
Succeeded by Christine Todd Whitman
Personal details
Born December 16, 1955 (age 57)
Miami, Florida, United States
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Michael Podhorzer (Divorced)
Thomas Downey (2007–present)[1]
Alma mater University of Florida
University of Florida College of Law
Profession Lawyer

Carol Martha Browner (born December 16, 1955) is an American lawyer, environmentalist, and businesswoman, who served as director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011. Browner previously served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration from 1993 to 2001.

Browner grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Florida College of Law. After working for the Florida House of Representatives, she was employed by Citizen Action in Washington, D.C. She became a legislative assistant for Senators Lawton Chiles and Al Gore. Browner then headed the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation from 1991 to 1993, where she turned it into one of the most active departments in the state government.

She was the longest-serving administrator in the history of the EPA, staying through both terms of the Clinton presidency. During her tenure, she reorganized the agency's enforcement structure and oversaw two new programs designed to create flexible partnerships with industry as an alternative to traditional regulation. She started a successful program to deal with contaminated lands in urban areas. She took the lead within the administration in defending existing environmental laws and budgets, and was the driving force behind a stringent tightening of air quality standards that led to a prolonged political and legal battle.

Afterward, Browner became a founding member of the Albright Group and Albright Capital Management during the 2000s (decade). She also served on a number of boards of directors and committees dealing with environmental issues. Her director role in the Obama administration was sometimes informally referred to as the "Energy Czar" or "Climate Czar". Her efforts towards getting comprehensive climate and energy legislation passed in Congress came to no avail, but she assumed a prominent role in the federal government's response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill during 2010. She left her position in 2011 and the job itself was abolished shortly thereafter.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 11:22 am
Thx Jl-never heard of her, didn't even know that office existed. good luck is all I can say..

Lisa Zilli (17)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 12:13 pm

Cor v (1)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 12:49 pm

James Maynard (84)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 1:32 pm
Signed and Noted.

Dori C (17)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 1:39 pm

Judy C (91)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 1:41 pm
Signed. Carol Browner was certainly a powerhouse. No wonder many people haven't heard of her. She would be a threat in the eyes of the corporate media. I'm afraid if we do get a person in this position, they will be ineffective, or unable to act because Washington is mostly not about saving the environment. Thanks J.L.

Kit B (276)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:38 pm

He can appoint a czar or a king or just a stead-fast assistant as long as they get the job done. Signed.

JL A (281)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:55 pm
You are welcome Angelika and Judy.
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Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 3:24 pm
Signed. Noted. Thanks, JL.

David C (75)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 3:48 pm
done from my whole family

JL A (281)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 4:18 pm
You are welcome Lois. You cannot currently send a star to Lois because you have done so within the last day.

Esther Z (94)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 4:34 pm
Noted and signed.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 6:53 pm

Twyla Sparks (208)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 8:21 pm
noted, signed and shared. I think. lol

Edith B (146)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 8:40 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks!

Giana Peranio Paz (398)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 11:24 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks J.L.

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 3:12 am
We only have one environment.

Earth is not a replaceable.

Marija Mohoric (25)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:57 am

JL A (281)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 7:41 am
You are welcome Edith and Giana!
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Jo S (619)
Monday July 8, 2013, 4:02 pm
Noted, signed & shared.
Thanks JL

Sheila D (194)
Monday July 8, 2013, 11:12 pm
Signed. Never knew we had that office in our government. Thanx for the info.

Joe R (190)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 5:30 pm
Thanks JL. Signed and noted.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Friday July 12, 2013, 8:53 pm

JL A (281)
Friday July 12, 2013, 8:56 pm
You are welcome Joanne, GGma and Joe.
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Julie E (396)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:55 am
#6,606 Give a woman the job.

JL A (281)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:20 am
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